Arts Society & Culture

Four-day festival to feature films connected to UGA Press books

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The 2013 Spotlight on the Arts festival will be held Nov. 7-15.

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia Press and Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries will be hosting a four-day film festival Nov. 12-15. The four films being shown are “God’s Little Acre” (1958), “I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang!” (1932), “The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys” (2002) and “Glory” (1989).

Admission is free and all screenings will take place at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Russell Special Collections Building. The films are all either based on or the inspiration for book printed by UGA Press.

Walter Biggins, UGA Press senior acquisitions editor, will introduce the first three films, and Matthew Hulbert of the UGA history department will introduce “Glory.” A brief question-and-answer session will follow each film.

“God’s Little Acre” is based on the bestselling and controversial novel by Erskine Caldwell, originally published in 1933 and reprinted by UGA Press.

“I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang!” is based on Robert E. Burns’s autobiography, published in 1932 when he was still running from the law. The book was subsequently reprinted by UGA Press.

“The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys” is based on the novel by Chris Fuhrman, originally published by UGA Press.

“Glory” is based in part on Robert Gould Shaw’s letters, which were later collected as “Blue-Eyed Child of Fortune: The Civil War Letters of Robert Gould Shaw,” published by UGA Press.

The film festival is part of the UGA Spotlight on the Arts festival, the UGA Press 75th anniversary, and University Press Week, which is being held Nov. 10-16 in conjunction with the Association of American University Presses’ celebration.

Spotlight on the Arts
The Spotlight on the Arts festival is presented by the UGA Arts Council, of which the University of Georgia Press is a participating unit. More than 60 events are scheduled during the nine-day festival in November. For more information, see

UGA Press
Celebrating its 75th anniversary, the UGA Press was founded in 1938 and is the largest book publisher in the state. It has been a member of the Association of American University Presses since 1940. With a full-time staff of 24 publishing professionals, the UGA Press currently publishes 80-85 new books a year and has more than 1,800 titles in print. It has well-established lists in Atlantic World and American history, American literature, African-American studies, Southern studies and environmental studies, as well as a growing presence in the fields of geography, urban studies, international affairs and security studies. For more information, see